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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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$12,676 — $25,572 USED
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Sedan
4 Seats
15-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(5.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Luxury amenities
  • Vigorous performance
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet cabin

The Bad

  • Automatic transmission operates awkwardly at times
  • Brake pedal feel
  • Steering too light
  • Heaviness
  • Backseat headroom
  • Backseat entry and exit
2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • New &quot
  • mbrace&quot
  • telematics system
  • Standard Pre-Safe system
  • Standard air suspension
  • Standard six-CD changer
  • Standard satellite radio

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Vehicle Overview
The CLS-Class, a sedan with coupelike styling, comes in two models: the CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. The CLS-Class competes with the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 650 and Jaguar XK.

New for 2011
Changes are minor, with the previously optional Sport Package now standard on the CLS550, including 18-inch AMG wheels, high-performance summer tires and steering-wheel shift paddles. Also, the new "mbrace" telematics system is standard, offering features such as remotely locking and unlocking the vehicle with an iPhone or BlackBerry.

Exterior
The CLS-Class features a high belt line and short side windows. A distinctive body crease rises from the front wheel arch, extends across the side and continues through the contoured rear light cluster into the back bumper.
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard projector-type headlights
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights
  • Optional automatic cornering light function with bi-xenon headlights that switches on cornering lights during a turn, pivoting to follow the driver's steering


Interior
The CLS seats up to four. The instrument panel's central speedometer is flanked by a tachometer and clock. Bar-graph displays show the fuel level and coolant temperature.
  • Standard "mbrace" telematics system
  • Standard six-disc CD/DVD player
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Standard power front seats
  • Optional heated and cooled seats
  • Optional massaging front seats


Under the Hood
The CLS550 and CLS63 AMG come with V-8s, thou...
Vehicle Overview
The CLS-Class, a sedan with coupelike styling, comes in two models: the CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. The CLS-Class competes with the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 650 and Jaguar XK.

New for 2011
Changes are minor, with the previously optional Sport Package now standard on the CLS550, including 18-inch AMG wheels, high-performance summer tires and steering-wheel shift paddles. Also, the new "mbrace" telematics system is standard, offering features such as remotely locking and unlocking the vehicle with an iPhone or BlackBerry.

Exterior
The CLS-Class features a high belt line and short side windows. A distinctive body crease rises from the front wheel arch, extends across the side and continues through the contoured rear light cluster into the back bumper.
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard projector-type headlights
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights
  • Optional automatic cornering light function with bi-xenon headlights that switches on cornering lights during a turn, pivoting to follow the driver's steering


Interior
The CLS seats up to four. The instrument panel's central speedometer is flanked by a tachometer and clock. Bar-graph displays show the fuel level and coolant temperature.
  • Standard "mbrace" telematics system
  • Standard six-disc CD/DVD player
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Standard power front seats
  • Optional heated and cooled seats
  • Optional massaging front seats


Under the Hood
The CLS550 and CLS63 AMG come with V-8s, though they share no engine parts.
  • 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 with 391 pounds-feet of torque (CLS550)
  • 507-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 with 465 pounds-feet of torque (CLS63 AMG)
  • CLS63 AMG has an optional Performance Package, which includes a top speed of 186 mph, a sport suspension with stiffer brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential and a sport steering wheel


Safety
Mercedes' Pre-Safe system is standard. It pre-tensions seat belts, moves the seats into a safer position and closes the sunroof if the system's forward-looking radar senses an impending collision.
  • Standard front and rear side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard antilock brakes


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)

Can't believe I'm falling in love so fast.

by Fast and smoothe from Phoenix, Tucson, AZ on June 28, 2014

I've driven a Lexus LS for almost 10 years. Actually 4 of them, all late models. I never thought I'd trade in that nice Lexus ride for a Mercedes, but here I am driving one and loving it. The smaller ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CLS-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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